Washington State Animal Cruelty Laws

Washington has two state animal cruelty laws.

Washington has two state animal cruelty laws.

They are RCW 16.52.205, animal cruelty in the first degree, and RCW 16.52.207, animal cruelty in the second degree.

RCW 16.52.205 Animal cruelty in the first degree.
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally (a) inflicts substantial pain on, (b) causes physical injury to, or (c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes: (a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or (b) death.

(3) Animal cruelty in the first degree is a class B felony.

RCW 16.52.207 Animal cruelty in the second degree.
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the person knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon an animal.

(2) An owner of an animal is guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree if, under circumstances not amounting to first degree animal cruelty, the owner knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence:
(a) Fails to provide the animal with necessary shelter, rest, sanitation, space, or medical attention and the animal suffers unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain as a result of the failure; or (b) Abandons the animal.

(3) Animal cruelty in the second degree is a misdemeanor.

Animal Cruelty Punishments
Animal cruelty in the first degree
Class B Felony
Fine up to $20,000
Imprisonment up to 10 years
Animal cruelty in the second degree
Misdemeanor
Fine up to $1,000
Imprisonment up to 90 days
Animal fighting
Class C Felony
Fine up to $10,000
Imprisonment up to 5 years

Links to Federal and WA State and Animal Laws
www.animallaw.com - This website allows you to search/find/read laws and legislation in all 50 states regarding animal welfare.

www.leg.wa.gov/RCW/index.cfm?fuseaction=title&title=16 -
This is the Washington State Legislature website where you can find all Washington State laws regarding animals.

www.nal.usda.gov/awic/index.html -
This is the U.S. Department of Agriculture Library; it provides all Federal laws regarding animal care.

www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm -
This is the U.S. Department of Agriculture link to the Federal Animal Welfare Act
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